Using epoxy resin is a creative way to make art, jewelry, and crafts. You can use it to make a candy necklace or a resin ring. (and bunches of things in between) And I LOVE that you’re here because you’re taking epoxy resin safety seriously.
I’ve been a resin artist for more than 16 years and have been able to stay safe and healthy because I follow these tips.
Every time I use resin.
1. Wear gloves.
You need to protect your hands from epoxy resin and hardener liquids. After all, these are chemicals. It’s no different than protecting yourself from other things around your home like bleach, paint, or weed killer.
What do you do if you get resin on yourself?
Baby wipes are a great thing to have handy to wipe your skin. After that, use soap and water to get off any remaining residue. A pumice soap is helpful in case the resin is sticky.
⭐️ BONUS: How to clean your hands from resin.
2. Have good ventilation in your work area.
Now I know what you’re thinking.
What’s good ventilation?
Well, if you were a lab animal, you need a complete air exchange in the room every 15 minutes. (I have some really random facts floating around in my head.)
And how does that apply to epoxy resin safety again?
It’s the goal I strive for when I’m ventilating my resin room.
But if that’s not possible, here are a few other ideas:
Open a window or two
Have cross-ventilation in your resin crafting room, weather permitting. Open a window on each side of your room to move air moving through the space.
Turn on your ceiling fan
If you have a ceiling fan in your room, set it to run to draw air away from you to the top of the room. This is especially helpful if you can’t open the windows.
Use other fans to keep the air moving
Even a desktop fan can help to move the air. This is a little fan I use to draw the fumes away from the resin.
3. Wear a plastic apron.
Let’s face it. When working with epoxy, spills, and drips happen. Not only is it awful to ruin your favorite shorts, but sometimes you don’t even know you’ve done it. (Until those favorite shorts come out of the dryer.)
What kind of resin apron is best?
I prefer a PVC apron. Should resin get on the apron, you can wipe it off or peel it off once it cures.
4. Wear safety goggles.
I’m guessing you’re not bathing in this stuff. Although the way some other companies talk about their products, they would have you believe you could. (more on that in a minute)
Nonetheless, safety glasses are an inexpensive way to keep your eyes protected from epoxy resin.
5. Wear a respirator.
Okay, don’t freak out here. 😬
First, many resins do not need a respirator when used.
How do you know?
You can find that information on an epoxy resin safety data sheet in the personal protection and precautions section.
But, once again, we’re talking chemicals. That means you can’t be too safe.
💡 Pro tip: Just because you can’t smell anything doesn’t mean dangerous vapors aren’t there.
If you want to use a respirator, make sure it is a NIOSH-approved respirator for fumes. (not an N-95 mask) I get my respirator and cartridges from PK Safety. They have several styles. Their customer service is excellent in helping you get the one you need based on how you are going to use it.
💡 Pro tip: Ladies, you will do fine with a small respirator mask. They will tell you that most of their clients need a medium, but they must be working with a lot of big lumberjacks. Mine is a size small and fits perfectly.
6. Use a resin for arts and crafts.
You need to see the ‘conform to ASTM D-4236’ designation on the label.
If you don’t…don’t use it.
Those companies that lead you to believe you can put this stuff on as moisturizer are also the same ones that don’t have this designation.
That’s about 90% of the resins out there.
If you don’t buy your resins from Resin Obsession.
As much as I’d love to help you create something GORGEOUS with our clear epoxy resins that have this important classification
Please don’t buy resins that don’t have this labeling.
They aren’t safe for you to use.
7. Have access to a resin kit’s safety data sheets.
To be even more thorough, ask for a resin’s safety data sheet (SDS). It has information about who to call in case of a severe emergency.
💡 Pro tip: I would never use a resin where a company would not share a safety data sheet with me. It implies the company has something to hide.
⭐️ BONUS: Here are the 10 questions you should be asking before you buy resin.
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